Nuisance Pop-Ups

Submitted: Saturday, Apr 22, 2006 at 19:11
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Not exactly related to 4WDing or camping but this problem is driving me nuts and I hope someone has an answer.
Everytime I access the internet I get these annoying pop-up screens and warnings of impending viruses. On the bottom bar along the monitor it is called "Net Offers"
Everytime I delete it it is back again next time I access the internet.
What is the answer please

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Reply By: Shaker - Saturday, Apr 22, 2006 at 19:15

Saturday, Apr 22, 2006 at 19:15
Download Adaware from Lavasoft.com (free), run it & follow the instructions.
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Follow Up By: Member - Cruiser (NSW) - Saturday, Apr 22, 2006 at 19:20

Saturday, Apr 22, 2006 at 19:20
Lavasoft URL Site Link and download Ad-Aware SE Personal Edition 1.06
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Reply By: Member - Paul P (Bris) - Saturday, Apr 22, 2006 at 19:29

Saturday, Apr 22, 2006 at 19:29
George

If you do not run the following programs ( Windows Operating System) which are free for home users I suugest the fownloading and installing of the following.

AVG Anti Virus
Adaware Running this will probably kill the pop up program as well as lots of other unwanted stuff.
FireFox Web Brpowser Free no adds and has a built in POP UP manager

If running high speed internet you might also look at a firewall. Check that some commonly used MSIE add ins have not let in the unwanted stuff as well.

Leave MSIE installed.

Using the above should ultimately cure the problem.

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Follow Up By: Member - Paul P (Bris) - Saturday, Apr 22, 2006 at 19:30

Saturday, Apr 22, 2006 at 19:30
Woops apologies for the typo's

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Reply By: Lone Wolf - Saturday, Apr 22, 2006 at 20:27

Saturday, Apr 22, 2006 at 20:27
Stop visiting the porn sites!!!

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Follow Up By: Member - John (Vic) - Saturday, Apr 22, 2006 at 20:52

Saturday, Apr 22, 2006 at 20:52
You know from experience Wolfie?
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Follow Up By: Member No 1- Saturday, Apr 22, 2006 at 21:00

Saturday, Apr 22, 2006 at 21:00
you bet he does
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Follow Up By: whitehorse - Sunday, Apr 23, 2006 at 00:51

Sunday, Apr 23, 2006 at 00:51
hi guys ,havent posted for a while but i would like to chuck in my 2 bobs worth of info .A real trojan horse to watch out for is a program called pest trap ,it disguises itself as a an antispywear program and is in fact a spy ,it asks you to give it acess to your computer to check for viruses,goes through all your files.I cant put my finger on it but their was something that made me suspicious and i rechecked with windows and it confirmed my suspicions dont use it whitehorse
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Follow Up By: rooscoota - Sunday, Apr 23, 2006 at 18:27

Sunday, Apr 23, 2006 at 18:27
hmmmmmmm

i dont get 'em

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Reply By: The Explorer - Saturday, Apr 22, 2006 at 20:34

Saturday, Apr 22, 2006 at 20:34
If you are using Internet Explorer turn on "Pop Up Blocker"....Thsi is done by using pull down menu "Tools" and "Pop Up Blocker"..click mouse on "Turn on Pop Up Blocker"
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Reply By: Member No 1- Saturday, Apr 22, 2006 at 21:03

Saturday, Apr 22, 2006 at 21:03
george
get a good antivirus programe..NOW!...try not to go for Nortons...its memory hungry i am told

also get a good adware programe...immediately...Adaware aor NoAdware

you have a trojan and it aint going away till you get rid of it
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Reply By: Nick R - Saturday, Apr 22, 2006 at 22:09

Saturday, Apr 22, 2006 at 22:09
Spybot search and destroy is pretty good also.

my first thought was the same as wolfies!!!!!
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Follow Up By: Bonz (Vic) - Saturday, Apr 22, 2006 at 22:21

Saturday, Apr 22, 2006 at 22:21
Wolfies FIRST thought is to GO TO the pron sites Nick hmmmmmmmm
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Follow Up By: Member No 1- Sunday, Apr 23, 2006 at 19:55

Sunday, Apr 23, 2006 at 19:55
what are they any way
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Follow Up By: Bonz (Vic) - Sunday, Apr 23, 2006 at 20:03

Sunday, Apr 23, 2006 at 20:03
Listen carefully, I shall say this only ONCE.

Apparently, my learned fellow, these are internet sites where there are, perish the thought, NO THREADS AT ALL, no banter, no sense of community, no Qlddisco, nothing at all. I only know of the mere hint of existence of sites such as this through hints and rumours, chinese whispers if you may, but.... I have already said too much!

The walls have ears, no clothes tho!
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Follow Up By: Member No 1- Sunday, Apr 23, 2006 at 21:16

Sunday, Apr 23, 2006 at 21:16
can you at least point me in the right direction?
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Follow Up By: Bonz (Vic) - Monday, Apr 24, 2006 at 07:15

Monday, Apr 24, 2006 at 07:15
Ok, but you didnt get this from me....OK? Go to www.nudieswife.com.au and you will be amazed
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Follow Up By: Member No 1- Monday, Apr 24, 2006 at 07:52

Monday, Apr 24, 2006 at 07:52
swmbo's internet filter wont let it happen...:-(
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Follow Up By: Bonz (Vic) - Monday, Apr 24, 2006 at 17:26

Monday, Apr 24, 2006 at 17:26
Its not the filter mate its the site its been taken down for some reason ??? Must be too many hits!
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Follow Up By: Member No 1- Monday, Apr 24, 2006 at 19:38

Monday, Apr 24, 2006 at 19:38
are you tryig to tell me Mrs Nudie's web site has had too many hits......hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha..ha!
you've got to be joking!!!
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Follow Up By: Bonz (Vic) - Monday, Apr 24, 2006 at 20:29

Monday, Apr 24, 2006 at 20:29
I think the evidence speaks for itself, I case my rest
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Follow Up By: Member No 1- Monday, Apr 24, 2006 at 20:41

Monday, Apr 24, 2006 at 20:41
swmbo's now asking for your address...i have this funny feeling she has it in for you

and me
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Follow Up By: Bonz (Vic) - Monday, Apr 24, 2006 at 21:01

Monday, Apr 24, 2006 at 21:01
you asked an I said NOTHING like Schultz I know nothiiiing , nothiiiing
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Reply By: Bonz (Vic) - Saturday, Apr 22, 2006 at 22:25

Saturday, Apr 22, 2006 at 22:25
Hi George, Had the same thing on my dad's PC, I installed a firewall (Zonealarm, its free) and also ran all programs suggested above and it still didnt fix it.

Ended up chasing it thru the registry, not a lot of fun and still didnt completely nobble it

I have found you need to have them installed before getting the annoying popups

In the end reinstalled windows, then zonealarm then Antivirus then adaware then spybot search and destroy and keep the last three up to date with regular checks for latest definition foles for them to check against, hasnt had a worry since
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Reply By: Member - Blue (VIC) - Saturday, Apr 22, 2006 at 23:13

Saturday, Apr 22, 2006 at 23:13
George, I switched to Firefox (Free and better web browser) then loaded Adaware (free) then loaded Spybot search & destroy (free)then changed from Nortons to Avast anti virus (free) then I loaded Sygate firewall (also free)... Nil problems since.

I run Adaware, Spybot, Disk clean-up and Defragmenter once a week and it seems to keep everything spick & span.
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Follow Up By: Keith_A (Qld) - Sunday, Apr 23, 2006 at 10:30

Sunday, Apr 23, 2006 at 10:30
Hi George : As per Blues reply - all are needed.
You can also try 'Trend Micro' which has 'HOUSECALL', a free online scan.

Viruses are detected by what is called a 'signature'.
A signature is a part of the virus code that is unique to it - similar to your fingerprint.
On your home PC, the antivirus program that you run comes with a file with a full list of the KNOWN signatures. If this is not updated (at least weekly) then a new virus can enter your computer without your virus scanner being able to detect it.

Most good virus scanners check and upload the new signature file each time you log onto the internet. (I use Avast also).

Some virus install in the 'boot' sector of your hard drive.
These will not be removed by simply running antivirus programs.
They just reinfect each time you reboot.
When avast is installed, it offers to run a check when you reboot, hence before windows gets up and running.

HOUSECALL has its full signature file on the Trend Micro site, so it is always up to-date. It will detect most viruses, but cannot clean the boot sector.

Why so many virus scanners? Believe it or not, they all differ in their ability to detect, and some demand more resources than all your software combined.
In my experince, Nortons is the worst. (In fact some would say it acts like a virus itself in some respects).
So - suggested path of action :
1. Housecall - It will at least tell you what nasties are on your system.
2. Download and install AVAST. Then - tick the box that says 'boot check' or similar. Reboot and let it scan/remove.
3. Adaware & spybot ( and a router if you have kids at UNI doing I.T. ).

If all else fails, a clean install of Windows is sometimes needed.
But hey - you didn't have anything planned for the next 2 days!!
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Reply By: Member - George (WA) - Sunday, Apr 23, 2006 at 11:24

Sunday, Apr 23, 2006 at 11:24
A big thank you to everyone for your suggestions. I tried Adware and some of the other free software but they did not solve the problem. I certainly did not want to tackle the scary job of reloading Windows XP. In the end I tried another program called "Spyware Doctor" down loaded over the internet, it set me back about $49 So far it appears to have solved the problems of pop ups and unsolicited advertising. Time will tell
Thanks to all
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Follow Up By: Truckster (Vic) - Sunday, Apr 23, 2006 at 11:31

Sunday, Apr 23, 2006 at 11:31
You will usually need to run more than one spyware removal tool to get rid of them.

Other thing to get is a FIREWALL... As bonz mentioned Zonealarm is good.. but didnt think it was free... But i have serials and cracks for Pro version here :)
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Follow Up By: Member - George (WA) - Sunday, Apr 23, 2006 at 11:40

Sunday, Apr 23, 2006 at 11:40
Hi Truckster,
I already have a firewall installed. It seems to have settled down now. Thanks anyhow
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Follow Up By: Mad Dog (Australia) - Sunday, Apr 23, 2006 at 12:06

Sunday, Apr 23, 2006 at 12:06
Bruce, zonealarm is freeware, zonealarm pro is $ware

These days I just use the NAT and other protection in the router, that stop em dead...hopefully :)
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Reply By: Sand Man (SA) - Sunday, Apr 23, 2006 at 12:51

Sunday, Apr 23, 2006 at 12:51
George,

You can also download the Google tool bar from Google's web site. Allows you to control popups by a cick on the toolbar icon. Also gives you a great Internet spell checker.

There are times when you need to allow popups to occur, such as Internet Banking.
Google will allow you to set individual sites to allow popups, whilst restricting all others.

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Reply By: Capt. Wrongway - Monday, Apr 24, 2006 at 09:03

Monday, Apr 24, 2006 at 09:03
G'Day George,
You could try using "ADVAST". There's a free version on their website. I've been using it for some time and find it to be very good. Have not had one issue since changing to it. It found a attached E/mail virus on my home PC that got through my works setup, which caused some problems.
IMHO
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Reply By: robak (QLD) - Monday, Apr 24, 2006 at 10:55

Monday, Apr 24, 2006 at 10:55
George

Track down the guy that won a gold medal in the winter olympics for australia. He made millions by writing spyware programmes. He would be best to advise you on how to get rid of them.

R.
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Reply By: tex1972 - Tuesday, Apr 25, 2006 at 15:10

Tuesday, Apr 25, 2006 at 15:10
www.pchell.com/support/savenow.shtml

check out this link it covers most of the annoying tool bar malware programs. File sharing programs and illegal download sites are the main source of these files.

Cheers Brad
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